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2007 BMW X5 Review

Handles better than rivals but needs more utility.

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Overview

The 2007 BMW X5 midsize crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) represents the BMW philosophy of driving enjoyment and performance. A buyer can find in-class competition that will offer more utility, off-road capabilities, or outright luxury and comfort, but there is not a better handling SUV for on pavement use in this segment.

The Range

Body Styles: crossover SUV
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder, 4.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with a manual-shift mode
Models: BMW X5 3.0si, BMW X5 4.8i

What's New

After seven years, the BMW X5 gets a redesign with the 2007 model. This version is larger and boasts a more sophisticated chassis design, more aggressive exterior styling, and an optional third-row seat that accommodates up to seven passengers.

Exterior

The 2007 BMW X5 midsize luxury SUV is offered in two trim levels: the 3.0si with a six-cylinder engine and the 4.8i with a V-8. Both models come standard with 18-inch wheels, adaptive xenon HID headlights, and rain-sensing wipers with heated washer jets.

Most equipment add-ons are offered via option packages. The Sport package adds an active suspension system, 19-inch wheels, and sport front seats. A panoramic sunroof and auto-dimming mirrors are added by choosing the Premium package. The Technology package adds gear to the exterior, such as a park distance control and a rearview camera. Twenty-inch wheels and a power liftgate are available as stand-alone options.

The X5 is one of the most stylized entrants in the midsize luxury SUV market. Buyers wanting luxury vehicles of any sort usually demand distinctive looks, and the X5 delivers with a sharp-looking exterior that avoids the bland look and is somewhat unique.

Interior

On the inside, all X5 models come standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, the iDrive system control interface, and a glove-box-mounted CD player. The 4.8i upgrades to leather seating and burl walnut wood trim as standard fare. The Premium package includes Bluetooth connectivity and the BMW Assist emergency communications system. On the 3.0si, this package also includes leather upholstery. The Technology package features a navigation system with real-time traffic updates. Significant stand-alone options include active steering, upgraded front seating, a separate rear climate control system, a premium audio system, a rear entertainment system, and the third-row seat.

The cabin of the X5 is noticeably elegant in its design. The material qualities are what one expects for the price. Comfort is also a high point. The only complaints about the interior would be the third seat, a nice idea but it lacks in space, and the complex iDrive system is bound to frustrate many drivers.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 BMW X5 3.0si makes use of a three-liter, inline-six cylinder engine producing 260 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque sending power to a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode that feeds BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The X5 4.8i upgrades to a 4.8-liter V-8 rated at 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque that features the same transmission and all-wheel drive system as its six-cylinder sibling. According to BMW’s tests, the 3.0si will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds, while the 4.8i will make the same run in 6.4 seconds. Not bad for a bigger SUV.

The handling is car-like with the same skills and road-chewing abilities as BMW sedans. This means that the X5 is a joy to drive on the road, but lacks in utility and is not well-suited to the rigors of off-roading, two areas that rivals in this segment are much better suited for. But on the asphalt, nothing in this class touches the X5 for pure driving pleasure and ability.

Safety

All 2007 X5 models feature standard safety equipment that includes anti-lock disc brakes, a stability control system with a rollover sensor, front seat-mounted side airbags, and head-protecting side-curtain airbags for the first and second rows. Front and rear parking sensors are optional for all models. This comprises a decent list of safety gear that will have to be enough to inspire buyer confidence as there are no government crash test data for the X5.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW X5 3.0si: 15/21 mpg city/highway
BMW X5 4.8i: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Handling
  • Interior quality and design
  • Engine power

You Won't Like

  • Excessively firm ride
  • Third-row seat
  • Price
  • Frustrating iDrive

Sum Up

Handles better than rivals but needs more utility.

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